Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in between Worlds

Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in between Worlds

by Sergio Troncoso

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"A deeply meaningful collection that navigates important nuances of identity."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

2021 Texas Book Festival Featured Book


Nepantla Familias brings together Mexican American narratives that explore and negotiate the many permutations of living in between different worlds—how the authors or their characters create, or fail to create, a cohesive identity amid the contradictions in their lives. Nepantla—or living in the in-between space of the borderland—is the focus of this anthology. The essays, poems, and short stories explore the in-between moments in Mexican American life—the family dynamics of living between traditional and contemporary worlds, between Spanish and English, between cultures with traditional and shifting identities. In times of change, family values are either adapted or discarded in the quest for self-discovery, part of the process of selecting and composing elements of a changing identity.

Edited by award-winning writer and scholar Sergio Troncoso, this anthology includes works from familiar and acclaimed voices such as David Dorado Romo, Sandra Cisneros, Alex Espinoza, Reyna Grande, and Francisco Cantú, as well as from important new voices, such as Stephanie Li, David Dominguez, and ire’ne lara silva. These are writers who open and expose the in-between places: through or at borders; among the past, present, and future; from tradition to innovation; between languages; in gender; about the wounds of the past and the victories of the present; of life and death.

Nepantla Familias shows the quintessential American experience that revives important foundational values through immigrants and the children of immigrants. Here readers will find a glimpse of contemporary Mexican American experience; here, also, readers will experience complexities of the geographic, linguistic, and cultural borders common to us all.

Includes the work of

David Dorado Romo
Reyna Grande
Francisco Cantú
Rigoberto González
Alex Espinoza
Domingo Martinez
Oscar Cásares
Lorraine M. López
David Dominguez
Stephanie Li
Sheryl Luna
José Antonio Rodríguez
Deborah Paredez
Diana Marie Delgado
Diana López
Severo Perez
Octavio Solis
ire'ne lara silva
Rubén Degollado
Helena María Viramontes
Daniel Chacón
Matt Mendez



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623499648
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 04/19/2021
Series: Wittliff Collections Literary Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 286,563
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

SERGIO TRONCOSO is the author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, and Crossing Borders: Personal Essays. He coedited Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence, which won the Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association and the International Latino Book Award for Best Latino-focused Nonfiction Book. A Fulbright scholar, Troncoso is a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers’ Workshop and president of the Texas Institute of Letters.

Table of Contents

Introduction Sergio Troncoso 1

Nonfiction

David Dorado Romo, "Here, There" 7

Sergio Troncoso, "Life as Crossing Borders" 16

Reyna Grande, "Losing my Mother Tongue" 27

Stephanie Elizondo Griest, "Día de Muertos" 38

Francisco Cantú, "Calle Martín de Zavala" 49

Rigoberto González, "The Wonder Woman T-Shirt" 52

Alex Espinoza, "In(toxic)ated Masculinity" 60

Domingo Martinez, "Piacularis" 70

Oscar Cásares, "All the Pretty Ponies" 76

Lorraine M. López, "Nobody's Favorite" 80

David Dominguez, "Elote Man" 93

Stephanie Li, "Paco" 104

Sheryl Luna, "The Hole in the House" 112

José Antonio Rodríguez, "Letter to the Student Who Asks Me How I Managed to Do It" 120

Poetry

José Antonio Rodríguez, "The Last Time I Went to Church" 131

Sheryl Luna, "Duty" 133

Deborah Paredez, "Self-Portrait in the Year of the Dog" 134

Octavio Quintanilla, "Why You Never Get in a Fight Elementary School" 135

Sandra Cisneros, "Jarceía Shop" 136

Diana Marie Delgado, "Garden of Gethsemane" 140

Octavio Quintanilla, "You're tired of your life," 141

Diana Marie Delgado, "The Soul" 143

Fiction

Diana López, "Dutiful Daughter" 147

Severo Perez, "Melancholy Baby" 161

Octavio Solis, "Mundo Means World" 170

Ire'ne lara silva, "Border as Womb Emptied of Night and Swallows" 182

Ruéen Degollado, "Family Unit" 195

Helena Maria Viramontes, "The Surprise Trancazo" 208

Daniel Chacón, "Mujeres Matadas" 216

Matt Mendez, "The Astronaut" 231

About the Editor 237

About the Contributors 239

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